Maurice Berger, CADVC, Latest “Race Story” in The New York Times

In the latest essay for his Race Stories column in The New York Times, Maurice Berger, research professor at the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, shares his views on Father Figure: Exploring Alternate Notions of Black Fatherhood, a new book by a Toronto-based photographer and physician, Zun Lee. While the book’s images of African-American  fathers may at first seem ordinary — for example, a man feeding his baby as his other children play nearby — Berger notes that the photographs “are in one sense unusual: Their subjects are black and counter mainstream media that typically depict African-American fatherhood as a wasteland of dysfunction and irresponsibility.”

Read “Black Fathers, Present and Accountable” and view the photographs at The New York Times Lens blog.

Berger’s Race Stories column, which appears monthly on The New York Times website, is “a continuing exploration of the relationship of race to photographic portrayals of race.”

Felipe Filomeno, Political Science, Participates in United Nations Association Consultation with UMBC Students

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Felipe Filomeno, Aaron Kennet, and Benjamin Fosbaugh pictured with Ed Elmendorf, former president of the UN Association.

Felipe Filomeno, an assistant professor of political science, participated in a United Nations Association consultation in Baltimore on Wednesday, September 17 at the Johns Hopkins offices in Fells Point. Filomeno, along with UMBC students and political science majors Aaron Kennett and Benjamin Fosbaugh, participated in a consultation along with representatives of other organizations (local government and NGOs) to provide input for the post-2015 global development agenda of the UN, considering the needs and interests of Baltimore. The meeting will be followed by a broader event to take place at the JHU Homewood Campus on Nov 11, in which Filomeno will serve as a moderator and other UMBC students will also participate.

Kate Brown, History, Wins Heldt Prize and Western History Association’s Robert G. Athearn Prize

History Professor Kate Brown has won two additional awards for her book, Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters (Oxford University Press 2013).

Kate Brown

Brown has been awarded the Heldt Prize in the category of Best Book in Slavic/Eastern European/Eurasian Studies from the Association for Women in Slavic Studies. More information about the award, including prior winners, can be found here. Brown won the same prize for her first book, A Biography of No Place: From Ethnic Borderland to Soviet Heartland (Harvard 2004). The prize will be awarded in November.

In addition, Brown is the 2014 recipient of the Western History Association’s Robert G. Athearn Prize for her book Plutopia. This award is given biennially for the best published book on the twentieth century American West. On October 16, Brown is presenting the Robert. G Athearn Lecture at the University of Colorado, Boulder. More information can be found here.

Earlier this year, Brown was awarded the 2014 Ellis W. Hawley Prize from the Organization of American Historians (OAH) for the best book-length historical study of the political economy, politics, or institutions of the United States, in its domestic or international affairs, from the Civil War to the present. She also received the American Society for Environmental History’s George Perkins Marsh Prize for the best book in environmental history.

1st Provost’s Symposium Features Innovative Ideas

Teaching_Symposium-2014-4098On September 12, the first Provost’s Teaching and Learning Symposium took place at UMBC. The day showcased panels, poster presentations and a roundtable discussion that explored innovative pedagogy and engaging ideas.

Panel presentations featured talks by faculty involved in visionary programs like BreakingGround, iCubed@UMBC, the Hrabowski Innovation Fund and more. The roundtable discussion concluded the day by offering a space to reflect on how UMBC can continue to innovate and redesign courses to engage students.

Student-Athletes Receive Training to Support Healthy Relationships

On Thursday, September 12, Janet Judge, president of Sports Law Associates, addressed hundreds of UMBC student-athletes on the perils of hazing. This training program offered an opportunity for students to closely examine how to build healthy relationships in all aspects of their lives.

The event was funded by a Verizon Wireless program that supports campus-wide education about relationship violence prevention and creating a healthy, supportive community.

Amanda M. Knapp, Assistant Vice Provost, in Buffalo Business Magazine

Amanda M. Knapp, Assistant Vice Provost, Academic Standards and Policy Administration is featured in the Autumn 2014 issue of Buffalo Business Magazine.

In the article, Knapp discusses her career in higher education and the impact of her work, saying, “Serving others is the greatest reward, and I am honored to work with thousands of students from across the globe…”

Click here to read the feature, which can be found on page eight.